Kevin Nowak

Executive Director


2999 Payne Ave, Third Fl
Cleveland, OH 44114-4443

About CHN Housing Partners

CHN Housing Partners is a Cleveland-based nonprofit with 40 years of experience as an affordable housing developer, housing stability service provider, and residential lender. Our mission is to leverage the power of affordable, stable housing to change lives and improve communities.
The organization was formed by a group of 6 community development groups in 1981. These community leaders recognized the critical role of stable, affordable housing in disrupting systems and symptoms of poverty, including homelessness and housing instability. They joined forces to address housing abandonment and the lack of affordable housing in Cleveland through two key mechanisms: salvaging vacant homes and creating pathways to homeownership for low-to-moderate income (LMI) residents.

Since then, our organization has evolved and changed significantly. In 1987, CHN used the newly established Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) to create its flagship LIHTC-based Lease Purchase Program, a 15-year pathway to homeownership for LMI and predominantly Black/African American families. Additionally, we develop multi-family and permanent supportive housing, address utility and energy concerns of LMI households, partner with organizations to deliver large-scale housing resources to the community, operate a community resource center for housing and financial counseling and education, and provide lending products to those historically left out of the market.

CHN has roughly 220 staff and a 25-member Board representing Cleveland’s diverse neighborhoods and major institutions. Together with our partners (including clients, community members, financial institutions, funders and donors, non-profit organizations, public agencies, and utility companies), we are working to solve major housing challenges facing LMI families. We serve over 50,000 families each year, have developed 7,000 affordable homes (including 4,418 single family homes), and have helped over 2,700 families become homeowners.

Community Programs

  • Housing and/or Financial Counseling
  • Other Community and Economic Development

Housing Development & Rehabilitation

  • Single-Family For-Sale Development
  • Multi-Family Rental Development
  • Single-Family Rental Development
  • Asset Management

Property Management & Resident Programs

  • Property Management
  • Resident Services

Debt & Equity Investing

  • Consumer Mortgage Lending